Where to Go: Melbourne’s marvellous attractions
n ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE. Arts Centre Melbourne is the flagship of both Melbourne and Australia’s performing arts, and is the focal point of Melbourne’s vibrant cultural precinct. Arts Centre Melbourne showcases the best of both local and international acts, ranging from theatre, live music, opera and more.
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 1300 182 183. artscentremelbourne.com.au
n CITY CIRCLE TRAM. This free tram service offers a good introduction to the heart of Melbourne’s business district, taking in many of the city’s attractions. A recorded message on the early-model trams explains the sites you are passing, along with a little of their history. The service runs in both directions every 12 minutes.
Sun–wed 10am–6pm, Thu–sat 10am–9pm. yarratrams.com.au
n DIALOGUE IN THE DARK. Dialogue in the Dark™ is an immersive experience in total darkness through which, led by guides who are blind or have low vision, guests interact and communicate relying solely on their other senses. Visitors to the experience lose the sense they rely on the most—their vision— as they touch, feel, hear and explore the unseen and learn to “see” in complete darkness while discovering an iconic Melbourne like never before. A global phenomenon in over 41 countries.
Harbour Town, Level 1, 29–31 Star Crescent, Docklands, Melbourne. Tue–sun. 1300 411 881. dialogueinthedark.com.au
n EUREKA SKYDECK 88. Awe-inspiring views are on offer at Eureka Skydeck 88 from the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds. Here you’ll find the world’s only Edge Experience— a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building offering amazing views down below.
7 Riverside Quay, Southbank. Daily 10am–10pm (last entry 9.30pm). Adults $20, concessions $15.50, children (4–16 years) $11.50 and family (two adults and two children) $46. Additional charges for the Edge. 9693 8888. eurekaskydeck.com.au
n FEDERATION SQUARE. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and speciality stores, Federation Square is the heart and soul of Melbourne.
Cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. 9655 1900. fedsquare.com
n MELBOURNE STAR. Experience Melbourne in a whole new way, located in the city’s waterfront precinct of Docklands, the Melbourne Star provides a unique introduction to the city, with all its colour, culture and eccentricities. Day or night, you’ll feel on top of the world as the Star glides on its gentle arc through the sky.
Ground Floor, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands. Daily from 11am–10pm, with last admission at 9.30pm. Adults $36, concessions $28, children (under 4 years) free, children (5–15 years) $22 and family (two adults and two children) $90. 8688 9688. melbournestar.com
n MELBOURNE ZOO. Set on 22 hectares close to the heart of the city, the Melbourne Zoo has more than 320 wildlife species from Australia and around the world. The Australian Bush exhibit showcases Australia’s wildlife. There are free Meet the Keeper talks daily between 10.30am–3.30pm.
Elliott Avenue, Parkville. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $36, children (4–15 years) $18 or free (on weekends, Victorian public holidays and Victorian Government school holidays), children (under 4 years) free and family (two adults and two children) $91. 9285 9300. zoo. org.au/melbourne
n SEA LIFE MELBOURNE AQUARIUM. Home to thousands of aquatic animals, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an entertaining and educational experience with 12 amazing zones of discovery, including interactive animal encounters and iconic state of the art displays. Visitors can witness daily dive feeds, or even dive with the sharks in the 2.2 million-litre Oceanarium.
Cnr King and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. Daily 9.30am–6pm (last entry 5pm). Adults $42, concessions $32.50, children (4–15 years) $28, children (under 4 years) free and family (two adults and two children) $99. 1800 026 576. melbourneaquarium.com.au
n STARWARD DISTILLERY. David Vitale, Starward Distillery’s founder, started off with a simple vision; create a uniquely Australian whisky Melbourne can offer the world with pride. Born and bred in Melbourne, he was inspired to create a spirit that reflects his home town—from its culture to its famed ‘four seasons in a day’ temperature swings. Visit the distillery where bold Australian red wine barrels elementally mature Australia’s best single malt whisky. Tours, masterclasses and an innovative list of cocktails are available Friday to Sunday.
50 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne. Fri–sat 12pm–10pm, Sun 12pm–8pm. 9005 4420. starward.com.au
n SKYDIVE AUSTRALIA. Skydiving Melbourne doesn’t get any more thrilling. Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush tandem skydiving from the St Kilda drop zone, the closest skydiving centre to Melbourne CBD. Exit the plane from up to 14,000 feet for an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall. Float under canopy for five to seven minutes and enjoy the 360-degree views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.
1300 663 634. skydive.com.au
THE NATIONAL OPAL COLLECTION.
Part showroom, part museum, The National Opal Collection in Melbourne shows how opals came to be formed over millions of years and how they are mined today. Opals are Australia’s natural gemstone, and are recognised as uniquely Australian in character. There is a huge array of exquisite opals and opal jewellery for sale in the spectacular showroom.
Level 1, 119 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Free admission. 9662 3524. nationalopal.com
children (under 6 years) free and family (two adults and up to three children) $26. 9662 2888. chinesemuseum.com.au
■ COOKS’ COTTAGE. Originally built in Yorkshire, England in 1755, Cooks’ Cottage was built and owned by the parents of Captain James Cook, the explorer credited with ‘discovering’ Australia. The cottage, shipped to Australia in 1934, was entirely reconstructed in Melbourne.
Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $6.50, seniors/students $5, children (5–15 years) $3.50 and family (two adults and two children) $18. 9658 9658. thatsmelbourne.com.au
■ HELLENIC MUSEUM. Devoted to the commemoration, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of ancient and modern Greece, the Hellenic Museum brings history to life with an extensive permanent collection, dynamic contemporary exhibitions and a high quality education program.
280 William Street, Melbourne. Tue–sun 10am–4pm. 8615 9016. hellenic.org.au
■ IMMIGRATION MUSEUM. This living cultural centre explores Australia’s immigration history, from the 1800s to the present day. Providing a global and personal insight into the migrant experience, the Museum engages both thoughts and emotions, while contributing to a greater understanding of Australia’s cultural diversity.
400 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $14, concessions and children (up to 16 years) free. Additional charges may apply for special exhibitions. 13 11 02. museumvictoria.com.au/ immigrationmuseum
■ MELBOURNE MUSEUM. Melbourne Museum is the largest museum complex in the southern hemisphere and draws on the latest technology and interpretation methods to give visitors a memorable insight into the nation’s flora, fauna, culture and way of life. Incorporating the adjacent World Heritagelisted Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum covers the natural and physical sciences as well as social history and cultures.
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $14, concessions and children (up to 16 years) free. Additional charges may apply for special exhibitions. 13 11 02. museumvictoria.com.au/ melbournemuseum